How to be a Vampire
Is there anything more enticing than transforming into a vampire for an evening? Admittedly, the old-timey ones were kind of creepy, but all of the modern depictions are pretty awesome. And really, if you think about it, you grew up with them (so they feel a little cozier than, let's say, zombies)! It all started with Count Chocula breakfast cereal while you got your Count von Count (Sesame Street) fix on Saturday mornings. In the 90's we had Buffy (and Angel), the rerelease of Anne Rice's novels (along with Tom Cruise's Lestat) and Blade (the superhero vampire). Most recently, shows like True Blood and The Vampire Diaries have kept the millennials entranced on these fanged fiends' frightening folklore, proving that vampires are just as appealing with brooding sensibilities and distressed jeans. Vampires have style and hundreds of years of built-up character—which makes them so charming, you won't mind that they are the answer to what goes bump in the night. A more philosophical storyteller may touch on the fact that vamps possess traits humans yearn for, like eternal life AND eternal youth, but we think vampires are beloved because they're a lot like us. They have vices (blood, mostly), weaknesses and they're always down for a good time. Let's also not forget that they tend to be way better looking than their undead alternatives.
How to pose as a Vampire
Acquiring a dark and mysterious getup is as simple as visiting HalloweenCostumes.com... or raiding the "goth phase" section of your attic. But to really embody a vampiric character, you must first learn to act like one. It's more than mimicking mannerisms; it's about putting yourself in a vampyre's well-polished shoes. And while you may not actually have their same thirst for blood, these tried and true poses are proven to be convincing enough to join the likes of any coven.
Ominous music, dark corners, shaky camera angles... There's always that one scene in a good horror movie where the main neck biter lunges from out of the shadows and latches on to its victim. The element of surprise is a vampiress' greatest asset. Not only does it keep defenses down, it also strikes absolute terror in unsuspecting humans. What's so great about that? There happens to be a well-known fact in the vampire world that fear makes blood taste even better!
A woman shrouded in mystery has a strong allure—a trait that can make capturing blood donors feel like shooting fish in a barrel. The Seductive Siren pose says, "come hither," and even with a set of fangs, it won't be hard to conjure up an abundance of suitors. As an added bonus, your undead state comes fully equipped with mind control. This makes it easier than ever to bite 'em and leave 'em.
With origins on the mean streets of Transylvania's vampire district, Bloody Beau is a pose that puts a vampire on attack. You may be the nicest guy from dusk 'til dawn, but the mention of sunrise always puts you in a bad mood. When friends become foes, just raise your cape and show your fangs. It won't take them long to know you mean business (just don't break character by smiling for the camera).
Why let all of your charisma go to waste? Vampires are natural hosts with the most, which makes their Halloween shindigs real scare affairs. A gothic style scepter is all it takes to invite victims guests to strike a pose, while you usher them into your lavish lair. Of course, true vampires don't have a reflection so what happens at your bash, stays there... or at least doesn't come back to haunt you on Twitter.
Find Your Fang
Demon, night-stalker, or infernal creature, however you describe yourself, there's one defining characteristic that separates the beasts from the boys (and girls!): Fangs. Blood is your life force, so you must have the right tools to make easy work of Capri Sun-ing the mammal of your choosing. This guide will help you take a bite out of the guesswork, so you can focus on finding the fangs that are right for your vampire outfit.
Discount Vampire Teeth
Maybe you're fresh from the grave, or even stuck posthumously paying for student loans... For vamps on a budget, these chompers fit the bill! Despite the economical price tag, the Discount Vampire Teeth serve up a custom fit and fun packaging so you get the look for less. There are fangs on the market that will have more bells and whistles, but these ol' standbys give you a lot of bang for your buck.
Retractable Vampire Fangs
Now you see 'em, now you don't! We're not sure where "anger fangs" (fangs that pop up when a vampire is provoked) originated, but Joss Whedon is getting the credit from our not-so-credible pop culture memory. Either way, a modern vampire may find that there are times when she can let her fangs fly and other times when she needs to keep them in check. Basically, this pair is essential for vampires with any shred of restraint.
Classic Vampire Fangs
Here's something that nobody tells you about dressing up like a vampire for Halloween: A bad set of fangs makes it nearly impossible to eat or drink all night. Who wants a hungry vampire on the loose? The Classic Vampire Fangs are easy to customize, packaged in a coffin (how fitting?!) and reusable—so you can pop them out to eat, and put them back in when you want to vamp back up!
White Vampire Fangs
These are the fangs you were used to getting as a kid. Plastic, a little awkward, but they got the message across: I AM A VAMPIRE! As an adult, the same foldable fangs are just plain fun. When you wear them, you are essentially inaudible, drool a little bit, and you're definitely not successful at taking a sip of your drink. However, they still make it clear that YOU ARE A VAMPIRE.
Chrome Vampire Fangs
Looking for a little extra polish? Whether you are a classic car or a classic vampire, there's nothing more impressive than a chrome grill. In an underworld filled with menacing pearly whites, we like the added edginess that these metal incisors bring to your rebellious style. Sharp, pointy teeth with the sole purpose of draining blood may not be every guy's favorite accessory, but if you got 'em, why not flaunt 'em?
Which Dracula is Right for You?
If there's one name that is synonymous with being a vampire, it is, "Dracula." The ethos surrounding the historical horrors, as well as the seemingly endless creative reimagining, has defined a character that gets more vivid with each passing generation. It all started with the gruesome accounts of Vlad the Impaler and Bram Stoker's introduction to Dracula. Each incarnation thereafter has evolved his story into timeless lore. In a sense, Drac's legacy (both fact and fiction) has made him the immortal we're still fascinated by to this day. Quite possibly the hardest part of dressing up as Dracula for Halloween is choosing a favorite version.
Vlad the Impaler
Bram Stoker chose Vlad the Impaler as his muse because of his barbaric execution tactics – Spoiler alert: impaling victims was just a small glimpse into his torturous ways. Not for the faint of heart, it takes more than just a spear to complete this grisly disguise. Moral flexibility, the ability to rule with fear and an overall presence that puts people at unease — these are the character traits necessary to pull off Vlad Dracul III... a good Romanian accent wouldn't hurt either.
Brahm Stoker's Dracula
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but Stoker's pal, Sir Henry Irving (a suave actor with a flair for the dramatic), didn't seem too thrilled that he was Dracula's appearance and mannerisms inspiration. Are you often described as being good-looking, enigmatic, and also having a real knack for villain portrayals? So was Irving! That means you're Bram-approved to take on the role (which, regardless of the kind words, Irving never did himself)!
This unauthorized adaptation contains one of the most iconic theatrical scenes associated with the Dracula character — a hunchbacked, shadowy figure shambling up a staircase. Count Orlok strayed from Bram's tall, dark and handsome description and looked almost rodent-like. But don't let that sway you. Nosferatu is often heralded as the ultimate Dracula flick. Maybe that's why, despite all of the character and story differences, Stoker's estate demanded that all copies of the film be destroyed. Luckily one print remained to generate a cult following.
Bela Lugosi's mutation of Count Dracula is the most popular way the world imitates the character: Jet black, slicked-back hair, dark, lined eyes (with a glimmer of mischievous intent), an accentuated brow, and a long black cape – essential for shrouding all your dark deeds. Organize a Universal Monsters reunion and partner up with Frankenstein, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein's Bride and the Werewolf of London. After all, everyone knows that when monsters mash, it's a graveyard smash.
Dracula in Istanbul
As one of Turkey's first ever horror films, Dracula in Istanbul took The Count's character to the next level by baring his fangs – drawing a literal connection between the most well-known vampire and Vlad the Impaler. That makes a pair of custom fangs is essential for Atif Kaptan's Turkish Drac. You can also keep the Universal Dracula suit, but lose the hair. This particular aristocratic vamp was bald.
Horror of Dracula
Christopher Lee, who would eventually play the Dracula character more times than any other actor, gave the Universal Monsters Dracula a demonic makeover. Red-rimmed eyes and extremely sharp incisors made moviegoers hide their necks in terror. You still need a healthy dose of charm to lure your victims, but to get started, you should grab a cape and the biggest fangs you can find—Halloween signals the perfect night to paint the town red.
Bram Stoker's novel was like a guide to vampires; there are basic rules that a vampire must follow. Sun, for example, has always been a no-no (sorry Twilight, you'll have to sparkle in someone else's mythology). Up until 1970's Count Dracula, no other filmmaker touched on Stoker's reasoning for a vampire to drink blood: It gives him the ability to regain his youth! Oh, and whether it was because it was the seventies, or just a nod to Vlad, you also get to sport a sweet 'stache.
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Stop us if you've heard this one: Realtor Jonathon Harker attempts to get a Transylvanian castle into escrow and finds himself held hostage inside the manor. He doesn't get a bump in his commission, but does narrowly escape with his life. Meanwhile, back in England, Drac was busy making Mina (Harker's fiancée) a vampire. Whatever happened to bro code? Sure, Van Helsing (ever the Sherlock of doctors) still works on finding the cause of Mina's illness, but in this made-for-TV rendition, Jack Palance shows us the softer, gentler side of Dracula.
Really, this is the ONLY Dracula for an appointed "ladies man." Frank Langella's portrayal of Dracula may be solely responsible for showcasing the seductive side of this character. Many before him were sharply dressed and charming, but their movie trailer didn't come with the tagline: "The greatest lover who ever lived and died... and lived again." That's a pretty tall order to fill, so maybe just start by nailing a smoldering gaze.
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Francis Ford Coppolla skillfully intertwined Stoker's brand of horror with unabashed romance. There are two Draculas in this flick that you can play: Old Dracula (with the awesome hair and haunting laugh) or young Dracula (the one who is most likely to win Winona Ryder's version of "Mina" back, and with the cool sunglasses). Luckily for you, Gary Oldman made both of them easily recognizable. Just watch out for Keanu... he has since learned ju-jitsu.
Dracula Untold set out to tell the origin of Vlad, the man who would become Dracula. A gloomy, historically accurate 15th century setting was the backdrop for the fictional transformation from King of Transylvania to a legendary vampire. Dragon crested battle armor (that's a billion times more awesome than any Spartan or dark knight) and a pretty serious sword make this disguise one that will set you apart in a sea of capes and fangs.